John Oyloe

At 6’5″, 260 lbs, former University of Mary defensive lineman John Oyloe is ready to strut his stuff at the Minnesota Vikings Rookie Training Camp in Eden Prairie this weekend.

If all goes as planned and Oyloe impresses the coaches and staff, the DL will have a chance to earn a free agent contract.

Oyloe is a native of Williston, ND and was a three-time All-Northern Sun performer for the Marauders. Oyloe grabbed 54 tackles in 2013, including 8.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Overall, the senior was third in the league in sacks.

Oyloe wrapped up his college career as U-Mary’s No. 1 tackles for loss leader (41) and No. 2 for career sacks (27.5).

According to the official U-Mary website, Oyloe is the third Marauders player to receive an NFL tryout over the past four years.


Q: How long have you been playing football? 

Oyloe: I Have been playing for as long as I can remember. Whether it was flag football or just playing catch with my dad, I got started very young.

Q: Have you always played the position that you do now? 

Oyloe: I played defensive end and tight end in high school in western North Dakota, and [I was] recruited to play tight end in college. I switched back to DE after my redshirt year, and  I played DE and DT in college.

Q: What does it mean to you to be invited to the Vikings rookie training camp? 

Oyloe: It means a lot to me to be invited to the Vikings camp. Guys put in a lot of work for a chance to show what they can do on the field, so I am very thankful to get this chance.

Q: What number do you wear and why?

Oyloe:  I wore number #9 in college; I thought a single digit would look cool on a defensive lineman.

5. If you could have 1 day to train with any current NFL player, who would that be? Why? 

Oyloe: I would like to train with Jared Allen.  I could learn a lot from him on how to play the game.


Oyloe is one of five athletes represented by Greg Johnson of Origin Sports Management that has been invited to the Vikings rookie camp. Visit the main Vikings Territory page to view features on the other players.